How did you do in 2011?

With only a few days left in 2011, it’s normal to reflect upon the past 12 months – smile with the good, hope to learn from the bad, and decide upon some goals for the upcoming year.

After reading [and loving!] a similar post from Miss Zippy, a fellow blogger and FitFluential Ambassador, I decided to share these questions [and my answers] with all of you.

  • Best race experience? NYC Marathon! I participated in the 5 Borough Challenge with 4 other runners. We got to start the marathon an hour before the rest of the field, and run the course on empty streets.  The best part was having my son and husband standing at the finish line waiting for me to run through the tape – I’m not sure any future racing experiences will ever top that!
  • Best run? A one-mile run five days after my son was born. It felt SO good to run with considerably less weight (~20 pounds) than on my previous run (one day prior to his birth).  I felt like I was flying!
  • Best new piece of gear? Saucony Run Vibe beanie – keeps my whole head warm on early morning winter runs.
  • Best piece of running advice you received? If you aren’t in pain during training, how will you know what to do when you experience pain in a race?
  • Most inspirational runner? This year, it was Desiree Davila and her 2nd place finish at the 2011 Boston Marathon
  • If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Never Stop Running =)
  • What are a couple of your major goals for 2012?  Run a sub-3:10 spring marathon and complete my first Ironman


Comment below with your answers and let us know how you did in 2011!

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    11 thoughts on “How did you do in 2011?

    1. You’re amazing! Now, I have absolutely no reason to grumble and complain about going on a cold, 5 mile run!

      2011 was good to me – PRs in 5K, 10K, and half marathon. My only regret (if you can even call it that) is that I could’ve done better in a 15K I ran last month, but hey, that’s what goals are for. :) I also should’ve made a little more of a concerted effort last winter to get into the swing of things. I HATE the cold weather, but I’m changing things around this season even if it means wearing 35 layers.

      As for 2012, RnR NOLA marathon on March 4th (nervous and excited) and hoping to get on a team or form one for the Ragnar Relay in the Adirondacks (Lake George to Lake Placid).

      • Wow! You kicked butt this year! PRs in 3 race distances is fantastic!! I think if you meet every goal you set, then you probably aren’t setting them high enough – half the beauty of setting a goal is to begin the journey! I hate the cold weather too – I am running a lot more right now on my treadmill b/c of the cold, windy days!!
        I was throwing around the idea of the same Ragnar Relay – but it didn’t fit within the big races I’m focusing my training on. Maybe we could do it together next year!?!?

    2. Love a badass mama out there five days after giving birth! So great. And I agree, Desiree was amazing at Boston. I hope we see more of her at the big races this year.

      No doubt you are set up for a great 2012! Thanks for posting this!